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Waugh in Abyssinia

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  77 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Scoop, Evelyn Waugh's bestselling comedy of England's newspaper business of the 1930s is the closest thing foreign correspondents have to a bible--they swear by it. But few readers are acquainted with Waugh's memoir of his stint as a London Daily Mail correspondent in Abyssinia (now Ethiopia) during the Italian invasion in the 1930s. Waugh in Abyssinia is an entertaining a ...more
Paperback, 253 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Louisiana State University Press (first published 1936)
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Aug 28, 2014 S©aP rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: storia, 1900
Pur redatto nel 1936, questo reportage non risente in alcun modo del tempo: è vivo di attualità, dinamico, divertente e chiaro al punto da suscitare interesse su un argomento lontano dall'oggi (e - all'occorrenza - solitamente liquidato con stereotipi). Scritto e tradotto mirabilmente. La fluidità della lettura è, spesso, puro piacere percettivo grazie alla linearità dei concetti, alla loro chiarezza e alla sottile ironia anglosassone di cui tutto lo scritto è pervaso. Puro giornalismo d'autore, ...more
Jun 11, 2012 Boris rated it really liked it
At times a hilarious memoir of Waugh's experiences during the 1936 Italian invasion of Abyssinia, reminiscent of his satirical novels based on his experiences in East Africa as a journalist some years earlier in "Scoop" and "Black Mischief", two of my favorite novels of all time.

Life unfortunately is not black and white, but shades of gray, which Waugh illustrated by being fairly sympathetic to the Italians. Waugh observes the corruption and primitiveness of the country at that time and contrast
Nov 18, 2014 Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'There is a slight difference, I discovered, in the professional code of European and American journalists. While the latter will not hesitate, in moments of emergency, to resort to pure invention, the former must obtain their lies at second hand. This is not so much due to lack of imagination, I think, as lack of courage. As long as someone, no matter how irresponsible or discredited, has made a statement, it is legitimate news, but there must always be some source, 'which has hitherto proved s ...more
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Jun 18, 2015 Les Dangerfield rated it liked it
Evelyn Waugh's account of his time as a journalist reporting on Italy's war of colonial conquest in Ethiopia in the mid 1930s. An interesting and sometimes funny insight into the chaos of war and its journalism before the days of documentary film, email etc. perhaps it isn't much different even now? However, a strange book to read lying on a beach in Portugal!
Jan 04, 2011 Alec rated it it was ok
Only reccommended if you want to read more about/by Waugh.
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Nov 02, 2012 Paul Wood rated it it was amazing
Wonderful - the real life story behind Scoop. My review:
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Evelyn Waugh's father Arthur was a noted editor and publisher. His only sibling Alec also became a writer of note. In fact, his book “The Loom of Youth” (1917) a novel about his old boarding school Sherborne caused Evelyn to be expelled from there and placed at Lancing College. He said of his time there, “…the whole of English education when I was brought up was to produce prose writers; it was al ...more
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